When you go to a fast food restaurant you probably don’t think a whole lot about where the food came from or how it was prepared, but the truth is a lot of work has been done to prepare it at processing plants that use high-tech equipment.
One company that runs many of these plants is OSI Group, a meat and special foods processing company based in Chicago. OSI Group has operations all over the globe and they distribute their foods through local businessmen who know the markets and know what customers in different regions expect from different foods.
OSI Group began back in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He was a butcher by trade who opened a shop that stayed in the family for many years. The meats at this shop were of superb quality that the shop stayed in business even during the tough years of the Great Depression. In the 1950s, OSI Group became the chief supplier for the McDonalds fast food franchise, a relationship they’ve had for many years. But they’ve also supplied many other fast food restaurants and supermarkets since then.
OSI Group has acquired a lot of processing plants and even acquired food distribution companies across the globe. But unlike other major corporations, OSI Group often seeks to retain employees and managers at those companies and help fund them to grow their customer base. Some notable acquisitions OSI Group has made include Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. OSI Group also takes safety and environmental responsibility very seriously, and just this last year they were given the Globe of Honour at a conference hosted by the British Safety Council for responsible food manufacturing and safe employee practices. OSI Group has also been active in the community and supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities for young children with illnesses.